about us: Preservation and Management Plan “The ambitious Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Preservation and Management Plan not only is an innovative approach to preserving the cultural and historic treasures of yesterday’s working canal system, but for energizing and enhancing the strength of the communities it connects today and tomorrow.”
- 2008 APA National Planning Awards
Jury Chairperson Carol Rhea, AICP
An Award-Winning Approach
The Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan received the American Planning Association’s Highest National Award for a Comprehensive Plan in 2008. The plan outlines strategies for achieving six key goals:
The Corridor's historic and distinctive sense of place will be widely expressed and consistently protected.
The Corridor's natural resources will reflect the highest standards of environmental quality.
The Corridor's recreation opportunities will achieve maximum scope and diversity, in harmony with the protection of heritage resources.
The Corridor's current and future generations of residents and visitors will value and support preservation of its heritage.
The Corridor's economic growth and heritage development will be balanced and self-sustaining.
The Corridor will be a "must do" travel experience for regional, national, and international visitors.